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HABC Wins Highly Competitive Jobs Plus Award

Resources available for Gilmor residents to facilitate long-term sustainable employment

(Baltimore, MD - October 20, 2016) –Mayor Rawlings-Blake and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) Executive Director Paul T. Graziano joined elected officials, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the HABC Board of Commissioners, partners, resident leaders, and Gilmor residents on Tuesday to announce the award of nearly $2.5 million for HUD’s Jobs Plus Initiative. The program uses a proven model that helps public housing residents find and keep higher paying jobs by connecting them with employment opportunities, educational advancement, and financial literacy services. HABC was one of six awardees in the entire nation to receive the highly competitive grant this year.

“This program will empower HABC residents with new economic and educational tools that will lead to greater job opportunities and financial independence,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “We want to thank HUD for awarding HABC with this grant, which will equip the Gilmor Homes community with important resources to help families succeed in today’s competitive workforce.”

Jobs Plus capitalizes on a successful demonstration program that combines traditional employment, training and job placement services with a rent incentive and a placed-based investment in building community support for work. The program model includes a partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, the Baltimore City Health Department, Resident Services, Inc., and a host of other partners to improve employment and earnings outcomes, a critical element of self-sufficiency for all families.

The HUD grant was matched with more than $2.5 million from 20 partners, bringing the total to over $5 million. The commitment will provide resources, such as skills training, behavioral and health services, financial literacy, and equipment, to operate the program through September 2020. The additional funds include $500,000 from the 2016 Community Legacy Program administered by the Maryland State Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and $1 million from the HABC Capital Fund to rehabilitate the Gilmor Community Center, which was out of use for many years. The renovated center, which opened in June 2016, will be the site for the Jobs Plus program.

“We thank HUD and all of our many partners for supporting HABC’s Jobs Plus program that will give Gilmor Homes residents access to resources that support work readiness and foster economic self-sufficiency,” said HABC Executive Director Paul T. Graziano. “The program will connect them with job training and placement, counseling, and financial empowerment services to help build careers to support their families.”

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